Less than a month after the spectacular and exciting conclusion to the inaugral FIA Formula E championship, the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council has officially approved the race dates for the second season of the all-electric single-seat race series.
As before, the race calendar consists of eleven rounds spread across ten different cities around the globe, where twenty drivers from ten different race teams will compete to become the 2016 FIA Formula E Champion on temporary race tracks made up from city streets in the heart of some of the world’s most prestigious cities.
Unlike Formula One, where race teams spend several days on each track testing and qualifying before the actual grand prix, Formula E requires all practice and qualifying sessions take place on the morning of the race. This not only makes the sport more approachable to new fans — since a single day ticket grants them access to all the action from practice through to race — but is also essential to ensure minimal disruption to the road networks of each host city.
As with last year’s season, the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship will head to China first, with round one taking place in Beijing on October 17 after teams have completed the three pre-season test sessions of two days each at Donington Park in the UK this August.
For round two, Formula E will head to Malaysia on November 7 for the Putrajaya ePrix, before finishing off 2015 in Uruguay for round three in Punta del Este on December 17.
After a month off, racing will resume again for round four in Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 6 next year, before an as-yet unconfirmed round five on March 19. It’s worth noting at this point that last year’s round five race — which was held in Miami — will be held in a new location this year. While the date has been set, the venue remains a mystery. Given the stylised map accompanying the 2015/16 race calendar, we’d guess round five will either take place in Mexico or the United States, although we’ve only a gut feeling on this one rather than substantiated proof.
Following the mystery round five, Formula E will then head to Long Beach California for round six on April 2, before hopping the Atlantic Ocean to Pairs for round seven on April 23. Joining the host cities for Formula E for the first time, details of the track in the French capital have yet to be released — but given the picturesque setting, we’re guessing it will trace a route along the Seine.
Following Paris, racing will head to Germany on May 21 for round eight and the Berlin ePrix, before heading north east to Russia for the Moscow ePrix on June 4.
As with the season just ended, London, England will benefit from hosting the rounds ten and eleven in an end-of-season double-headed finale. While the date has yet to be confirmed for these two final races of the 2015/16 Formula E Championship, we’d guess a return to Battersea Park, London will be in order.
Here at Transport Evolved, we’re sure all race-fans are as excited about the second year of the FIA’s zero emission single-seat race series as we are. But if you’re unsure of what it’s all about, you can catch up on what you’ve missed with our first-hand report from this year’s London finals, as well as browse our mega-photo gallery from trackside.
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